Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 March 2015 Events Newsletter 

AARP 25th Charter Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, March 5 at 1:00pm. Come join the celebration. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson will be the speaker. Come and learn how you can be involved in the AARP Chapter and community. The local AARP Chapter provides a forum for members to discuss local, state, and national issues related to older adult needs.

Annual Dogwood Bridge Sectional Tournament

March 13-15. Local players will host this annual regional event at Rufty-Holmes beginning Friday, March 13 at 1:00pm. For more information, contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.

Bus Trip to Wohlfahrt Dinner Theater for "Back to the 50's" new musical show

Thursday, March 26. Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 8:00am for a scenic mountain trip up to the dinner theatre in Wytheville, Virginia. On the way, we'll stop briefly at a small outlet mall for some shopping before arriving at the Wohlfahrt House Dinner Theatre where we will enjoy a delicious luncheon and a brand new show featuring some great 50's music. The energetic performers and live band will help us relive those happy, carefree days. Songs such as "Only You," "In the Still of the Night," "Let the Good Times Roll," "On Blueberry Hill" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" will rekindle all the great memories of this golden time. We should return to the Center about 7:15pm after a short snack or meal stop on the way. Cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, lunch, performance, and all tips.


Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.

Terrorism Briefing

Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30pm. Presented by Rick Ervin, Special Investigator with the Rowan County District Attorney's Office and former Special Agent with Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS.) Using a Power Point Presentation, Mr. Ervin will give participants a realistic look at terrorism around the world and how it affects us here in the U.S. He will address types of terrorism, the mindset of terrorism, and how to prevent becoming a victim of crime by being more aware of surroundings. There will be question and answer time at the end of the presentation. Mr. Ervin's credentials also include being a Senior Investigator while serving in Iraq, a former Chief of Police in Troutman, NC, and former Public Safety Officer for the Town of Mooresville. Open to any interested older adult. There is no charge for the lecture, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.

Adult Basic Education Information Meeting

Friday, March 6 at 2:00pm. This meeting is open to all interested older adults. Brush up on your math and reading skills, help your grandchildren with their homework, or get your High School Equivalency. Gain skills in math, science, history, reading or writing. Attend this informational meeting with representatives from Rowan Cabarrus Community College to get started. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to pre-register call 704-216-3510. 

New Classes 

Guitar Lessons: Three new classes begin Monday, March 9. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight- week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.   


Digital Photography Class: Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 from 2-4 pm. Bring your digital camera. Wayne Hinshaw, free-lance photographer and former Chief Photographer for the Salisbury Post, will take you on a photo adventure. The adventure will start with a short lecture on using the camera, followed by an outdoor photo excursion. Return Friday with your camera, photos and laptop computer (if you own one) where Wayne and RHSC Computer Instructor Debbie Lesley will show you how to enhance your pictures using the Picasso software program.   Wayne Hinshaw has been awarded over fifty photography press awards and was Carolina Press Photographer of the year. The cost of this class is $10 for both sessions. Call 704-216-7714 to register no later than Monday, March 23. Spaces are limited.


Essential Oils Seminar: Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00pm.  Learn about using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace cleaning products with harsh chemicals, improve your health, improve your environment and much more.  Join Harry Hinson for this informative lecture.  A variety of essential oils will be on display for participants to view and test.  No charge for the class but registration is requested by Thursday, March 19.  Call 704-216-7714 to register.


Handmade Cards -Tuesday, March 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning January 5. $10 per session payable to the instructor.


Parts 2 & 3 of Nutrition & Cooking Series: The remaining series of lessons will be held Friday, March 6; and Friday, March 27 from 12:30-2:00pm. Learn to cook, eat and understand good nutrition.   Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant will show you how to cook healthy tasty meals as well as manage your time and your stress level. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. The cost of each class, including eating the healthy meal, is $12 per session. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.

Spring Stained Glass Classes: Registration begins March 9 for new eight-week classes meeting March 23 - May 11. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm) to choose from. Instructor is Mike Zeigler. $55.00 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. 

Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm beginning January 5 with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.


Wreath Making Class: Tuesday, March 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn to make a deco-mesh spring or Easter wreath with Instructor Harry Hinson. Harry has been involved in floral design, event planning, and wedding planning for over twenty years. You will take home your own wreath for your wall or door. All supplies will be provided to create either a basic or deluxe wreath. Basic wreath kit will cost $30. Deluxe wreath kit will cost $45. Payment is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Register by Thursday, March 5 by calling 704-216-7714.

New Computer Classes

Please pre-register for computer classes at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided by Rufty-Holmes. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.


Computer Basics:  Friday, March 13 from 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. This class will provide an overview of computer use. We will work on basic operating skills as well as learning how to access the Internet and do the basics of word processing. The fee is $10.


Social Networking (Two day class): Wednesday, March 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and Thursday, March 19 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. In this class we will examine the most popular social networking sites. Students will be able to create accounts for some sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc) and learn how to use these sites to their advantage. If accounts are already opened, it is important to have your passwords with you in class. The fee is $20.  

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Heaven is for Real" with Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).

Mammogram Screening

 Wednesday, March 18.  The Novant Health Breast Center mobile unit will be on-site in the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center parking lot to provide mammogram screenings by appointment from 9:00am to 3:45pm. To make an appointment call 704-210-6934 by Wednesday, March 11. Is it time for your annual mammogram? Mammograms are covered as a preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your convenience, insurance will be filed. For more information, visit 

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, March 4 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Registration or Living Healthy with Diabetes Class

Registration is now open for a new Living Healthy with Diabetes Class that begins

Friday, April 10th. This class meets every Friday from 9:30am o 12 noon for six weeks. Facing the challenge of Diabetes? Living Healthy with Diabetes can help. This class is aimed at adults 60 and over diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or Diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis. Participants will gain practical ways to help manage Diabetes through healthy diet and nutrition, and exercise. Sessions also cover medications, treatment choices, how to reduce stress, and better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition. Learn from Trained Leaders. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life. The 2-1/2 hour weekly class will meet at Grace United Methodist Church, 846 Faith Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.   Space is limited. Call 704-216-7714 to register.      

Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Morrow Mountain State Park

Friday, March 20. The RHSC Outdoor Adventure Club members will meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am and car pool to Morrow Mountain State Park in Albemarle, NC. Elbert Klutz will lead a 4.1 mile hike up Falls Mountain. There will be some long uphill treks and some loose rocks on this hike. Janet Rash will lead a moderate 2-3 mile hike, starting at Laurel Trail. Bring water, snacks, bag lunch and $3 to give the car pool driver. Dress appropriately for the weather.   Walking sticks are advised. Participation is at your own risk. The club is open to anyone 55 years or older who likes to hike and has the ability to walk a minimum of 2 miles at a brisk pace.   New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Senior Center, as the outing may be postponed.   To register for this activity call 704-216-7714. 

Walk-Abouts Outing

Thursday, March 12 at 1:00pm. The Walk-Abouts will meet at the West End Plaza "to walk the Mall."  Walkers should enter at the main entrance (in front of Baddcock Furniture).  New walkers are welcome to join the group. Please call 704-216-7714 if you plan to attend.  

New Exercise Classes

Beginners Gentle Exercise: Begins Monday, March 2 at 2:30 pm. Worried about starting a new exercise class? Do you think an exercise class might be too much for you? Join other seniors who would like to start a gentle exercise program.   Fitness Trainer Angela Hendrix will lead a gentle class every Monday for six weeks. This class will be geared towards beginners who are not exercising normally or who feel the desire to get started exercising again. The class will offer Gentle Yoga, Balance Exercises and Gentle Tai Chi moves. Participants must be a member of the center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is $10.00 for the six-week class.  


Cardio Mini Series: Begins Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30pm. Join other seniors in this Tuesday/Thursday class and get a great cardio workout with Fitness Trainer Frances Weant. Kickboxing improves cardiovascular endurance and burns calories. Finish the class with gentle Pilates moves and relaxing stretches. Participants must be a member of the Senior Center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join the ongoing Cardio Mini Series Class. The cost is $15.00 per month.


Aqua Power: Begins Tuesday, March 3 at 3:30pm. Sign up for this new water workout which will meet every Tuesday & Thursday with Aquatics Instructor Lorraine Reidda. This will be an energetic aqua workout for older adults. Areas targeted are cardio respiratory, muscular strength & endurance, building lean muscle tissue, and flexibility. Participants must become a member of the Senior Center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join the ongoing Aqua Power Class. The cost is $20.00 per month. 

On-Going Exercise ClassesClass Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714. 

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except March 13

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors Breakfast - Monday, March 2 at 8:00am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, March 2 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, March 5 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, March 5 at 12:30pm

Busy Bees Craft Club - Friday, March 6 at 10:30am

Military Officers Association - Monday, March 9 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, March 9 at 2:00pm

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel - Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30am

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, March 11 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, March 12 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, March 16 at 10:00am

ADK Sorority - Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, March 19 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, March 19 at 7:00pm

Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, March 20 at 11:00am

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, March 26 at 1:00pm


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

AARP Tax-Aide Program

Each Tuesday in March & early April, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2013 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2014, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8130.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available each month to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

Nominations for Annual "Service to Seniors" Awards

The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for individual volunteers of all ages, and community organizations, that have shown "exemplary service" to older adults in our community. Winners selected by the Council will be honored at a special banquet to be held in May. Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, or on the Center's website at  The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 6.

This 'n That

There will not be a Men's or Women's Health & Fitness Club meeting in March. Starting in April there will be one Health and Fitness Club open to both men and women. The newly combined Health & Fitness Club will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm. Look for exciting new Health & Fitness programs to come.

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 


SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, March 6 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.